During our last fund drive one donor said this: "I love hymns ... If you asked for money, it means you need it! Please keep the work going. And please, accept my widow's mite. God bless you."

She was right. We only ask for money twice a year, and we do so because we need it.

So, before you close this box and move on to use the many resources on Hymnary.org, please prayerfully consider whether you might be able to make a gift to support our work. Gifts of any amount are appreciated, assist our work and let us know that we have partners in our effort to create the best database of hymns on the planet.

To donate online via PayPal or credit card, use the Calvin University secure giving site (https://calvin.quadweb.site/giving/hymnary).

If you'd like to make a gift by check, please send it to: Hymnary.org, Calvin University, 3201 Burton Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

And to read more about big plans for Hymnary, see https://hymnary.org/blog/major-additions-planned-for-hymnary.

God, Be the Love to Search and Keep Me (O Christ, Surround Me)

God, be the love to search and keep me

Author: Richard Bruxvoort Colligan (2004)
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: Recording

Author: Richard Bruxvoort Colligan

Adjunct Instructor in Liturgy and Christian Life at Wartburg Theological Seminary. Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: God, be the love to search and keep me
Title: God, Be the Love to Search and Keep Me (O Christ, Surround Me)
Author: Richard Bruxvoort Colligan (2004)
Publication Date: 2013
Copyright: © 2004 This Here Music, Worldmaking.net


This hymn is a 21st-century adaptation of the traditional Celtic prayer style known as a lorica (Latin for “armor” or “breastplate”). Many such petitions for God’s presence and protection were never written down but this one is based on an example attributed to St. Patrick.


Instances (1 - 1 of 1)
Text InfoAudio

Glory to God #543

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us


It looks like you are using an ad-blocker. Ad revenue helps keep us running. Please consider white-listing Hymnary.org or subscribing to eliminate ads entirely and help support Hymnary.org.